Monthly Archives: May 2011

Indelible by Kristen Heitzmann Book Review

Indelible

 

by Kristen Heitzmann

 

About the book:

In a clash of light and darkness, can courage prevail?

Rescuing a toddler from the jaws of a mountain lion, Trevor MacDaniel, a high-country outfi tter, sets in motion events he can’t foresee. His act of bravery entwines his life with gifted sculptor Natalie Reeve—and attracts a grim admirer.

Trevor’s need to guard and protect is born of tragedy, prompting his decision to become a search and rescue volunteer. Natalie’s gift of sculpting comes from an unusual disability that seeks release through her creative hands. In each other they see strength and courage as they face an incomprehensible foe.

 

 

My Review:

I enjoyed this book, more so than the last book I’d read by Kristen Heitzmann.  This novel does include some of the same characters as the other book, Indivisible, that I’d recently read, but the story line and the main characters were completely new.  At the beginning of each chapter, there is an excerpt written from the “bad guy’s” point of view, and I’ll be honest, I wasn’t a big fan of those.  The idea was to create a dark character, but it really just bothered me and seemed over the top, and so with each new chapter I simply skipped the excerpt.  Other than that, the book is very readable and the characters likable.

A good mystery, an intriguing read, I have to say I liked the book quite a bit!  I’m giving Indelible 3 stars:  I liked it.

 

*I received no monetary compensation for my review. I received this book free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group’s Blogging for Books program in exchange for my honest, unbiased review. The opinions are mine, and mine alone.

Menu Monday

Another week, another menu…I feed my family of four on a monthly budget of $250.  That budget includes any going out to eat, diapers for my son, and general household needs (toiletries, cat food, etc).  I wanted to post what we eat on a weekly basis to give you an idea (an asterisk indicates a new recipe I’m trying) :

 

Monday 5/30 – *Ranch potato cubes, grilled chicken, salad

 

 

Tuesday 5/31 – bread twists, fruit platter


 

Wednesday 6/1 – roast and potatoes

 

Thursday 6/2 – spaghetti

 

 

Friday  6/3 – leftovers

 

Saturday 6/4 – *Ham Rolls, salad

 

 

Sunday 6/5 – Baked Chicken Nuggets, Baked Fries

5 Things Challenge

I’m SO glad I made my list easy for last week, because I have gotten sick.  Yep, cause you know, it’s still cold and flu season.  Wait, what?  It’s May?  The END of May?  Are you sure?  Cause it still feels like early spring where I’m at! :-)

 

Here’s how I did:

  1. Arcadia Cares CarnivalYES, and let me tell you…we thought we could hold it outside because the weather was decent.  Then ONE HOUR before it started, the wind started to blow and storm clouds moved in.  So we took it inside the school.  Good thing, because it rained from 6-8.  Yes, that’s right, it rained for the EXACT TWO hours that we held the carnival.  Gosh dangit!  It went well, though.
  2. Buy new car – YES, on the day of the carnival, because it was my husband’s only day off work.  We got ourselves a 2009 Kia.
  3. Volunteer at the kids’ school – YES
  4. Get started on June’s menu plan. – YES, and I’m almost done, yay!
  5. Finish summer schedule chart. – YES, though I’m sure I’ll be doing some tweaking with it as the summer arrives.

 

This week is the last week of school for Munchkin.  She’s obviously very excited.  Buddy Boy will stay in school until the end of June.  I think he’s pretty happy about that, and I KNOW I am!  The 6 hours of therapy, working, learning, etc have been SO good for him!

And the plan for this week:

  1. Volunteer for the school’s field day, at Buddy Boy’s school, and attend Community Council meeting.
  2. Buy a birthday gift for my mom!
  3. Finish making the June menu plan.
  4. Donate a carload of stuff to DI.
  5. Go over my yearly goals, re-evaluate, update, revise, etc.

Have a great week!!

My “Better” Half

Anyone ever read this?

(photo)

 

I never have, but I confess, I’m seriously considering it.

 

You know the feeling when you’re sick?  You know what it’s like when you think you’re sick in part because of all the dust in the house from your husbands’ unfinished project that was supposed to take 2 days, and now, 3 weeks later, it’s still not close?

(The view of the doorway)

 

Yeah, I thought you did.

(the inside of the bathroom)

Well, do you know the feeling when you’re sick and the project your husband is working on isn’t finished and instead of working on it when he’s home, he goes to his friend’s house to work on his FRIEND’S project without asking your permission letting you know first?

 

You know the feeling when you assume your husband and his friend must surely just be trading favors, and that when they’re done there they’ll come here and you find out that no, your husband just wants to go work on someone else’s house and ignore his own?

 

Oh, and I KNOW you know the feeling when the only reason he’s taking apart your bathroom is because he messed it up the first time he put it in and now has to fix it.

(photo)

 

 

 

TELL ME YOU KNOW THE FEELING…please!!:-)

Friday’s Freebies

Woo hoo for 3-4 day weekends!  My kids each get a 4-day weekend, and the hubby gets 3 days.  What will we do?  Catch up on housework, probably.  Cause we’re so fun and cool like that.

 

Enjoy the freebies!

 

The EPA has a few different publications available for free, including Sun Safety For Kids.

Sign up here for free Osteo Bi-Flex samples!

 

 

Get a John Frieda Root Awakening sample from Walmart, if you haven’t yet.

 

When you submit an essay and enter the Family Connections Contest at Scholastic, you’ll receive a free book. And of course, you may even WIN the contest!

 

Print this coupon to get a free Lens Cloth and Cleaner at your local Walmart Vision Center.

Create a free personalized Father’s Day card at Tiny Prints. Just use the code:  TYOPRAH at checkout.  Shipping is free if you ship it to yourself!

 

Request a free packet of Real American Steak Rub.

 

 

Get a free sample of SOOO Sweet Stevia.

 


Pizza Dogs (FFF)

So, what do you think of the new Acronym?  I’m lame, I know…but it was fun.

 

(By the way, it stands for Friday’s Frugal Food.)

 

Today’s recipe is one I found in a few different places:  here, here and here.  I took those and adjusted them to match what I had on hand.  You can totally do the same:

Pizza Dogs

8 hot dogs ($0.69 on sale)

1 cup pizza sauce (I used some homemade stuff I canned from my garden – $0)

1 cup cheddar or mozzarella cheese ($1)

1 package refrigerated breadsticks ($1 on sale)

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.  Dip the hot dog in the pizza sauce and roll all over to coat them.  Once they’re coated well in sauce, roll them in the cheese.  Unroll the breadsticks and wrap around the hotdogs.  Place on a sprayed cookie sheet and bake for 25-30 minutes, until the “crust” is no longer doughy.  Serve with a salad or something healthy!

My total cost for 8 pizza dogs  :  $2.69

 

 

*  Update 08/2014 – The prices are still pretty close to true for me.  Seems the cheapest I can find hot dogs nowadays is $0.89 for a package, and I don’t think I can get a cup of cheese for less than $1.50 or so, but the biscuit/breadsticks can still be found on sale for $0.99 (at least here)  The updated price would be:  $3.39 for 8 pizza dogs!

 

This recipe has been linked up at:

Funny Friday

I was going through a book of quotes I’ve collected, and I came across this one…had to share.  Enjoy!

 

Why did the Chicken Cross the Road?

According to…

 

  • Louis Farrakhan:  The road, you see, represents the black man.  The chicken crossed the “black man” in order to trample and keep him down.
  • Colonel Sanders:  I missed one?
  • L.A. Police Department:  Give us five minutes with the chicken and we’ll find out.
  • Richard M. Nixon:  The chicken did not cross the road.  I repeat, the chicken did not cross the road.  I don’t know any chickens.  I have never known any chickens.
  • Dr. Seuss:  Did the chicken cross the road?  Did he cross it with a toad?  Yes!  The chicken crossed the road, but why it crossed I’ve not been told!
  • Ernest Hemingway:  To die.  In the rain.
  • Grandpa:  In my day, we didn’t ask why the chicken crossed the road.  Someone told us that the chicken crossed the road, and that was good enough for us.
  • Aristotle: It is the nature of chickens to cross the road.
  • Saddam Hussein:  This was an unprovoked act of rebellion and we were quite justified in dropping 50 tons of nerve gas on the chicken.
  • Captain James T. Kirk:  To boldly go where no chicken has gone before.
  • Fox Mulder:  You saw it cross the road with your own eyes.  How many more chicken have to cross before you believe it?
  • Machiavelli:  The point is that the chicken crossed the road.  Who cares why?  The end of crossing the road justifies whatever motive there was.
  • Einstein:  Did the chicken really cross the road or did the road move beneath the chicken?

 

Free Activities in Utah

Thanks One Cheap Chick for sharing these activities for those local to Utah:

 

  • Fish for Free on June 4th – This day is the one day of the year you can go fishing and don’t need a license to do so in the state of Utah.  The Utah Division of Wildlife Services will be putting extra fish into lakes and reservoirs just for this event.  Go HERE for more information.

  • Free “Star Parties” in Midvale and Salt Lake this Friday and Saturday. And if you can’t make it this weekend, go HERE to see the list of all upcoming events!
  • More than 1,000 museums nationwide, including the Ogden’s Treehouse Museum are offering free admission to active duty military personnel and their families from May 30 to Sept. 5.  Go HERE for more details.

 

 

Wednesday’s Freebies

Go here for a sample of Nature’s Bounty fish oil.

 

Request a free Bully Stick Sample. (There are 1,000 available each month…thanks Shop 4 Freebies!)

 

Register for a free sample of Mojo Milk when you share the link with your facebook friends.

 

Go here for a free sample of recycled rubber mulch.

 

 

Get a free marshmallow treat at Quick Chek.

 

Request a free sample of Hartz training pads.

 

Get a free motorcycle decal.